Be strong, Lubinda advises GBM

Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda has charged that the central committee of the Patriotic Front (PF) was the only supreme organ of the party that had the authority to expel any member of the party and has advised former Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to remain focused and loyal to his principles despite the persecution he is going through.

Meanwhile Mwamba has filed an injunction in the Lusaka High Court restraining the PF from expelling him from the party arguing that he was not given a chance to be heard.

Mwamba said through his lawyers Makebi Zulu Advocates that the decision by the Northern Province PF executive committee to expel him had not been officially communicated and therefore had asked the court to restrain the party from effecting the expulsion.

Mwamba fell from the grace soon after resigning his ministerial position as Minister of Defence and the rank and file in the ruling party has since embarked on a crusade to slander and scandalize him with the sole purpose of hounding him out of the party he helped form government.

And Lubinda who was once a victim of persecution in the party enduring a suspension whose cause was never explained said what had happened to the Kasama Member of Parliament was not strange and that everything had a purpose.

Lubinda said since the Northern Province PF executive committee had only recommended that the Kasama strongman should be expelled from the party, the onus was now on the central committee to look at the merits and demerits of the recommendations before making the final decision.

He said while the Provincial executive committee had the right to recommend any disciplinary action including expulsion of a member from the party, it was the mandate of the central committee to make the final decision on any disciplinary action against any member of the party.

Asked about what was happening in the party with the purported expulsion of Mwamba popularly known as GBM, Lubinda said it was the PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba who should answer the question because he was the most powerful leader in the ruling party.

“The person who is supposed to answer the questions you are asking is Wynter Kabimba, the all powerful man in the PF. He is the spokesperson, the secretary general and the Justice Minister. For me I am just watching like everybody else in the party but my strong advice to my colleague GBM is that he must not change and abandon the values and principles he believes in. These things happen for a reason and he must not be shaken. He must continue performing for the PF to the best of his abilities,” Lubinda said.

Lubinda advised Mwamba to continue behaving in a manner that would be deemed honourable to the ruling party and general membership