By Harrison Kabwe



Since Dr Nevers Mumba formerly a televangelist preacher burst onto the national scene with the formation of the Victory Bibile Church, later leading a political party the NCC, serving as Vice President in the Mwanawasa government, his name has been associated with betraying the people who trust him.
Born in 1960 , Mumba’s rise to power has been so dramatic and largely to do with his misleading demeanour that masks a highly-deceitful character who uses the church to bulldoze his way to the top.
Nevers attended the prestigious Hillcrest Technical School in Livingstone. After completing high school he temporarily worked for a few months in the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines ZCCM.
His turning point came when the famous South African evangelist Reinhard Bonkke came to Zambia in the early 1980s ushering in Pentecostalism in the country. Mumba who is a gifted orator acted as Bonkke’s Bemba interpreter and before long he sweet-talked the white pastor to arrange a scholarship for him to study in Dallas in the USA.
In the states, Mumba excelled at his studies especially hermeneutics.This he was to put to good use in latter years when he returned home. He also became highly Americanised fellow and spoke with a forced American accent.
Upon return from the USA around 1983, Nevers started the Victory Ministries under the Companies Act before quickly embarking on the “Zambia Shall Be Saved ” TV programme.
On the TV programme Mumba espoused his religious beliefs endearing himself to thousands of viewers who hailed from different denominations including members of the Roman Catholic Church and Jehovah’s Witnesses who were the arch critics of Pentecostals.
So famous was Mumba that some people suspected he was thinking of joining politics. This was disputed by the fast-talking orator on Frank Talk time when Frank Mutubila introduced his guest on ZNBC TV Pastor Nevers Mumba aksing him if he considered joining politics.
“Any involvement in politics would be a demotion.” Mumba is famously or infamously said to have retorted. However, he would later eat his words.
At the moment, Mumba was living in a house owned by some old Greek woman who had let the house to the young clergyman to keep for her. However, Mumba made attempts to change ownership into his name landing himself in a hot legal battle that he lost.
The homeless young clergyman also ditched a poor fiancée he wanted to marry for his current wife Florence in what many people who knew him rightly interpreted as a gimmick to access accommodation since his new spouse hailed from a well to do family.
According to political analyst Munshya wa Munshya, after winning the 1991 elections, President Frederick Chiluba’s government policy was to recognise and respect church leaders. Ignored for a long time under the leadership of Kaunda, Chiluba was going to give more visibility to Pentecostal leaders. He lavished them with recognition and Nevers Mumba was among those Chiluba honored with Zambian diplomatic passports.
On television, The Zambia Shall be Saved program was featured weekly, and sometimes appeared twice a week advancing Mumba’s religious beliefs. If you study these programmes, you could tell that the pastor was slowly but surely drifting from ecclesiastical preachings by harping on political subjects from time to time.
Ultimately Mumba announced in Windhoek Namimbia that he had formed an organization called The National Christian Coalition (NCC) to push for political reforms in Zambia. He added that the National Christian Coalition was going to take on President Chiluba’s government.
When Nevers made the decision to challenge Chiluba he knew he didn’t seem to care about the consequences that announcement would have on his ministry which he suddenly abandoned inconsiderate of the member who were left without a leader.
The scandalous decision also exposed the ‘man of God’ as a treacherous character with a puffed up ego and fierce ambition to become president of Zambia by any means necessary.
After the NCC announcement, Vice-President Miyanda went to ZNBC and blased Nevers Mumba as a fake pastor and an insincere character . The two ‘men of God’ traded words that could not be associated with Christians.
Realising that Mumba’s society was a political front, Chiluba’s machinery was unleashed on the NCC’s status as a society forcing its leader to quickly transform it into a political party and rename it the National Citizens Coalition. A few people joined the party but left en masse when they realised that unlike other politicians its leader was tight-fisted and never gave party members money for party operations.
Chiluba incensed by the betrayal of a man he had wrongly thought was his religious advisor summoned the Zambia Revenue Authority to audit the Victory Ministries Inc., which had for all these years operated as a non-profit company.
Nevers was going to pay back back-taxes in millions of Kwachas. All the privileges Nevers had previously enjoyed were to be withdrawn. The diplomatic passport was withdrawn too.
Undaunted by bad publicity, a broke Nevers campaigned to be president of Zambia for the 2001 elections but understandably lost since he was beset by several scandals among them losing his house, his reputation stained, with former confidants deserting him because of his treachery.
By the end of the 1990s, Nevers’ family was living on a shoe string budget since the man who was supposed to be their bread winner was broke and homeless.
However, Nevers had some sympathy from a few friends outside of Zambia who would invite him to preach. The temptation of Nevers was too great to bear. The man who could advice presidents was now living in a guest wing at his in-laws.
When Levy Mwanawasa ascended to power, he embarked on an anti-corruption fight and made it clear he was to prosecute Chiluba, a decision that Nevers Mumba supported.
According to Munshya Munshya, Levy Mwanawasa’s crack at corruption proved difficult. Chiluba’s influence within the levers of power was so endemic. If he had to prosecute Chiluba, Mwanawasa needed partners. But partners within the MMD government proved difficult to keep. And so he had to look elsewhere.
Within the MMD, almost all of the senior leaders had been soiled by the Chiluba corruption. Vice-President Kavindele himself had won the MMD vice-presidency under very controversial circumstances at the 2001 convention. By 2003, the Bemba speaking faction in the MMD had been dissatisfied with Mwanawasa. President Mwanawasa was going to find a perfect fit to help him win the Bemba hearts and to buttress his fight against corruption.
It was early 2003. In an evening broadcast, President Mwanawasa had made a choice of a new Vice-President. Nevers Sekwila Mumba from the living room of his in-laws went through the formalities of appointment. He had become Zambia’s Vice-President. Becoming the first preacher to become Vice-President and the second Chinsalian to become Vice-President after Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe in 1967.
President Mwanawasa had found a partner in the fight. President Mwanawasa had also found a well-spoken preacher to help him deal with the public relations issues facing his government. Nevers was swift, flamboyant and hard working. His personality made him likeable. The image of a clean, handsome man coming into office enthralled many.
However, Mwanawasa fired Mumba in 2004 in what was perceived as the latter’s unbridled abuse of power resulting from his visible pride and arrogance.
The whip came down on the pastor-turned politician when he acted as president manifesting a myriad of negative characteristics like self-importance, disregard for other leaders in the party and gross abuse of power.
It was reported in the press that when Mumba acted he behaved like a Russian leader during the soviet union. Mumba rode in the presidential car with the flag flapping in the window as he basked in the glory of being president.
One night, Mumba was spotted at Alpha bar in Northmead Lusaka counselling prostitutes as if he was Jesus Christ.
When Dr Nevers Mumba served as ambassador, there were rumours of gross misappropriation of funds, an issue that got to the ears of the then President Rupiah Banda who was planning to recall Mumba before the general elections.
However, in the 2011 elections, Rupiah Banda lost the election to Michael Sata. Ambassador Nevers Mumba in Ottawa got the shocking news and knew there will be changes soon in Ottawa since the information had also leaked to the new government of Mumba’s fraudulent activities.
Rupiah Banda conceded defeat to Sata and in a gentlemanly way resigned as MMD president giving chance to the MMD NEC to find a new president.
The late President Michael Sata castigated Nevers Mumba as a bogus and fake pastor who had stolen money in Canada and could not be entrusted with leadership. “Nevers Mumba”, President Sata said, “abandoned his flock to join politics.”
While many Zambians who don’t know Mumba well accused Sata of just trying to malign the clergyman, Sata’s accusations resonated with former members of the Victory Ministries and former staff at the Canadian embassy who have been in close contact with Nevers.
Shortly when he was recalled as Zambia’s high commisioner to Canada stories appeared in the press that Mumba was the real father to gospel ace Ephraim Sekeleti Mutalange whom he had fathered 26 years ago.
According to the sources, the resemblance between the two is also reason enough to ascertain that Ephraim is son to Pastor Mumba though he denied taking responsibility of him.
The sources claim that Pastor Mumba denied pregnancy responsibility and that he was ashamed when he learnt that the child he denied looked exactly like him when he was born.

Mumba recently said that he has not abandoned the church as alleged by President Micheal Sata during a campaign rally in Mufumbwe.
Speaking at the party’s final campaign rally to drum up support for MMD candidate in the Mufumbwe Parliamentary by-election, Stafford Mulusa, in Mufumbwe, Dr Mumba said that he will for the second time march to State House after he concludes his business in Mufumbwe district to see President Michael Sata over the head of state’s alleged statement that he embezzled church funds.
Throughout his life, Mumba seems not to think twice on who he betrays. The list of betrayals is long; betrayal of his fiancée, betrayal of the white woman who accommodated him, betrayal of members of Victory Ministries whom he abandoned, betrayal of his religious protégé Frederick Chiluba when he formed NCC, betrayal of NCC members when he joined the MMD, betrayal of Mwanawasa when he acted as president, betrayal of his mistress with him he had an illegitimate child and betrayal of the Zambia Shall Be Saved ministries.
The man has an inflated ego as his MMD Vice President Michael Kaingu revealed recently that his relationship with Mumba has soured due to Dr Mumba’s alleged huge ego.
Dr Kaingu said his group is determined to push for a convention in order to remove Dr Mumba and restore the party’s leadership.
He said Dr Mumba has neglected the party structures and does not consult his colleagues in the National Executive Committee before carrying out any projects in the party.
Dr Kaingu was speaking when he appeared on a live Sunday Interview TV programme on ZNBC recently prior to Mumba’s suspension from the party.
Is this the man one can entrust with the nation. No wonder God has guided NEC members in MMD to suspend the clergyman whom God is still punishing for abandoning church work for some cheap politicking that he thinks will take him to state house.

Note from the editor.
In this article, I have quoted Munshya wa Munshya who has written extensively on this subject. However, the angling of the article to highlight Mumba’s betrayals in mine. Once more I am grateful for using Munshya’s research for my article.
Dr Harrison Kabwe is a political analyst.

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  10. lolo says:

    Mich, if Mumba is too advanced for Zambia, he should leave Zambian politics then. Partially I agree with you, he is advanced in pretence and using God’s name to cheap politicking

  11. kwaku says:

    Ndombolo, you should dispute the contents of the article against your man instead of blindingly defending him.

  12. Mich says:

    This article is so self serving. Mumba has intellect and charisma. He’s too advanced for our nation sadly.

  13. Ndombolo Ndombolo says:

    Moze and Soka, the article says that Dr Mumba was corrupt in Canada. But this case is still in court and all the evidence presented so far has been discredited. The misappropriation allegations are over money that was donated by Barrick Gold into a PRIVATE BANK ACCOUNT which was created for the purpose of bringing the Amayenge Cultural Group to perform in Canada. Mumba had initially written to the Zambian Ministry dealing with cultural events to ask for money to bring in Amayenge to Canada. They failed and that is when Mumba approached Barrick Gold.

    When Sata took over, he sent an auditor to audit the PRIVATE account which was irregular and illegal. They found nothing. The chief government witness was the one who used to sign for everything at the Mission and not Mumba. The Auditor Generals report found not a single instance of misappropriation of funds at the Canadian Mission when Mumba was in charge.

    Yet the author goes on to conclude that Mumba engaged in “fraudulent activities” before the judgement has been rendered. So just on this one point, the entire article is discredited because it has blatant falsehoods that could have been avoided by simply reading about the court case so far.

    Mumba negotiated the purchase of Lumwana Mine worth $8 billion which was the single biggest investment in the Zambian mining industry. Mumba was the first African to be president of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association. Do you really think they could have chosen a man with a questionable background?

    • cas says:

      Ndombolo, even if we dropped Mumbas’ Canada case, there is just too much reason not to trust Mumba. Most of the facts in this article are true unless you were young when Mumba was going thru the phases mentioned in this article. Read thru again and you will know what the author is saying. Mumba has always wanted to be a President, nothing wrong but the avenue was wrong, using the church.

  14. Lungu says:

    Mmmmm hilcrest …his the one…ha…makes sense now…

  15. Mate says:

    You mean the guy went to hillcrest technical school…ah…that’s y his so intelligent…so he is Zambias most intelligent politician…never new that

  16. Kasonde says:

    We need a president like that…self made…nothing like this one helped me…u the man…viva nevers

  17. Gertrude says:

    Nevers…I like u too much…am sure u will shock RB…u the MMD candidate and alabee pants down

  18. Hector says:

    Nevers does things that others can only dream of…that’s the problem…his not an everyday guy…so what if his hit some snugs here and there…that is life…mmmm from chinsala to v president and now potential president…quite an impressive cv…just tell me tell me the date time and place I will be there to vote fore u…NEVERS…it is well

  19. Sam says:

    Mmmmm…I see a lot of sense in this guy… All politicians have failed or changed parties …let me think…sata… Unip to MMD to pf and almost upnd… Why are people scared of you Nevers… U have something the envy… Personally I would give u my vote

  20. Soka says:

    I agree with you Moze Ndombolo is the one who has been hired by Mumba. I find the article well balanced. It gives Mumba some positive attributes though we cannot ignore the other side of the man who has been using the name of the Lord for his personal and political advancement.

  21. MOZE says:

    Ndombolo ndombolo. What you should do is counter the issues raised in the article instead of accusing the writer of being a hired gun. Everyone knows Mumba is a fake pastor. Period.

  22. Ndombolo Ndombolo says:

    This article is fake and the author is a hired gun paid by Rupiah Banda. We are not fools who can fail to read between the lines. You can tell by the tone of the article that it is designed to scandalise the pastor. Be careful or you will be sued. What you call betrayal is simply moving on in life. Tell your paymaster Rupiah that we are aware of his evil schemes and he wont succeed.

  23. Hola man says:

    Everyone should understand that Nevers in a fake. I used to worship at Victory Ministries and I will never forgive Mumba for ditching us when it mattered. I also feel for the members of NCC whom he abandoned. I also feel for the white woman he tried to swindle. I also feel for the gullible Zambians who trust this creep

  24. Changachanga says:

    Kampenga, why do you want us to spare Mumba. He is a public figure and should be exposed to scrutiny. The mainstream Zambian press is docile and compromised. It is only the social media that is giving us a balanced view of the nonsense we are seeing in Zambia.

  25. Kampenga says:

    Leave Mumba alone, he has been suspended by the party. Why flog a dead horse?

  26. Yaba says:

    A well researched article. Dr Nevers Mumba is a fake. I am surprised why gullible Zambians and the press have not exposed this religious impostor who is full of himself. Mumba thinks all Zambians are diseased and need counseling from the so called man of God. Thanks UKZAMBIANS for this expose.

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