Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba yesterday mocked people who have been maligning his educational background saying that although he was a man of moderate education, he had made significant contribution to the country and the world using his immense business skills.
During a memorial service of his late mother Grace Chileshe Mwamba at Memorial Park, Mwamba said he had worked hard in his business to have reached the levels where people in Zambia and other parts of the world were appreciating his efforts.
Mwmba in his eulogy to his late mother said he had made it in life because of the guidance he had received from his mother adding he was grateful that he had risen even to position of leadership in the country.
Mwamba thanked President Michael Sata for his support saying the Head of State and the first lady Christine Kaseba had always been there for his family.
The Defence Minister said he had shown the world that he had made it to the top even with his moderate education and told people who have been slandering his education background that what he had learnt in real life was that education was not the only way to success. “I am touched that we are here today celebrating the life of this woman (Grace Mwamba) because without her, I would not be what I am today. In my family, I had moderate education but my mother told me that there were other ways to success. I have shown the world that I have made it. I am somebody that people not only in Zambia but the world look up to and am grateful that I have even risen to the position of leadership,’ said Mwamba.
And Kabwata Member of Parliament (MP) Given Lubinda was yesterday given a rousing welcome by Patriotic Front cadres at the memorial service of late Mwamba’s mother who were calling for his return to the ruling party’s central committee.
The cadres who have continued calling for the expulsion of PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba claimed that the justice minister used them against Lubinda but that they had realised that the Kabwata legislature was a civilized man who had served his party with humility.
And when approached to comment on what the cadres were saying, Lubinda only responded: “I am in the terraces and I want to watch what is happening from there. I am confused with what is happening and I would not to comment on the matter. I am an ordinary member of the party and I would like it to remain so.”
Almost the entire cabinet attended the memorial and among the Ministers who were present were Health Minister Joseph Katema, Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda, Education Minister John Phiri, newly appointed Information and Broadcasting Services minister Mwansa Kapeya.
Others were Christopher Yaluma who is Energy Minister, Wilber Simusa of Foreign Affairs, Works and Supply deputy minister Panji Kaunda his counterpart at Health Patrick Chikusu and Freedom Sikazwe at Gender.
Conspicuously missing were Justice Minister Kabimba and Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo.