KETRA KALUNGA writes
TUTWA Sandani Ngulube, viewed by many as a controversial politician, is a humble man who believes in standing for the truth no matter the situation.
With courage, determination and resiliency, the Kabwe Central Member of Parliament (MP) went through many hurdles in life to be where he is today.
Tutwa was born on 12th April, 1979 at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka from Onesmus Sandani Ngulube and Miriam Tivwale Mtonga Ngulube.
He did his primary education at Woodlands A Primary School in Lusaka and later went to a Choma Secondary School as a boarder where he completed his secondary education in 1997.
Tutwa is married to Glendah Sokontwe Ngulube and together they have five children.
In 1999, he enrolled at the University of Zambia (UNZA) and graduated in 2004 with Bachelor’s degree in Law.
In 2002, while studying at UNZA, Tutwa started working for Legal Resources Foundation, and after graduating in 2004, the foundation sponsored him to the Zambia Institute of Advance Legal Education (ZIALE) for his law practicing licence.
He was admitted to the bar in 2007.
Between 2005 and 2007, Tutwa enrolled at the American University in Cairo Egypt for a short course in Human Rights.
While working with Legal Resources Foundation, Tutwa had a privilege of working with non-governmental organizations, among them the Women in Law Southern Africa (WILSA) and Women in Law Development Africa (WILDAF).
Working with the two organisations gave Tutwa an opportunity to train paralegals and conduct trainings in Human Rights courses.
In 2006, Legal Resources Foundation transferred him to Kabwe to be in charge of the Kabwe office where he took over from the current Solicitor General Abram Mwansa.
Tutwa Ngulube’s political career started while he was a law student at UNZA where he served as the Law Association Secretary General, and also vied for the UNZA Student’s Union vice president position.
It was during this time that he joined the Forum for Development and Democracy (FDD) under the leadership of Lieutenant General Christon Tembo and Major Richard Kachingwe.
Coming from a humble background, Tutwa decided to join politics to provide a service to the people.
He noticed that most of the elected leaders always abandoned their people and failed to criticize leadership by running away from the truth.
Tutwa was one of the most influential youths of Kabwata who managed to get Major Richard Kachingwe elected as the first FDD MP for Kabwata Constituency.
Tutwa and his colleagues, among them the current PF deputy media director Antonio Mwanza, worked hard as UNZA students during the time to get the FDD sweep almost all the parliamentary seats in Lusaka.
In 2004 Tutwa, joined the Patriotic Front (PF) after the death of its founder General Tembo and worked very closely with the late President Michael Chilufya Sata.
When the late President Mr Sata decided to stand in 2006, Tutwa and his colleagues managed to gunner support for the late republican president and the PF party.
And when Mr Sata contested in the Presidential by-elections in 2008, Tutwa and his friends were confident “Mr Sata” would actually win the elections.
Tutwa had an opportunity to represent Mr Sata as a lawyer when he came face to face with the courts of law as leader of the strongest opposition political part at the time.
As one of the people that worked closely with Mr Sata, Tutwa knew the late President to be a very honest man who inspired him and his colleagues in politics.
Mr Sata’s honest gave Tutwa a lot of courage and it’s this boldness that makes him speak the truth. In some cases, his honesty has made him come in conflict with his own party, the PF.
He has enjoyed an opportunity of being a PF member, the party that has given him a privilege of representing the people of Kabwe Central Constituency in Parliament.
Viewed as a controversial politician, Tutwa is of the view that controversy is part of politics as politics is about power strangle.
He feels that mostly, people find themselves in certain situations because they either cannot stand on the truth or feel they are incapable of changing the situation.
Not long ago, his stance for the truth made some PF members to start viewing him as a rebel which he said was never the truth.
Tutwa is glad that the PF leaders and national President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu recognized his strong character and leadership abilities.
Tutwa who is currently serving his first team as Kabwe Central MP, is set to recontest the seat in 2021.
The Kabwe Central law maker feels that he has not yet achieved that which he wanted to hence his plans to recontest the parliamentary seat.
About his other future ambitions, Tutwa says has not yet attained level of thinking of running for Presidency as he is happy with what he currently has.
Being an MP, lawyer and businessman, Tutwa has a lot of pressure with time that he cannot afford additional tasks.
He feels that he needs enough time to offer leadership as MP and achieve favourable results.
The Kabwe Central MP runs a law firm, Tutwa S Ngulube and Company, which like his parliamentary office, is a busy office.
Tutwa loves music and is fluent in seven Zambian languages among them Tumbuka, Lozi, Tonga and Bemba, He also speaks Chinese and Swahili.
Having been a businessman from as far as he can remember, Tutwa also runs a Take Away among other businesses and he is currently constructing a hotel in Kabwe Town.
A politician who stands for the truth, reputable lawyer and a businessman, Tutwa Sandani Ngulube is definitely a force to reckon with.