KABWATA Member of Parliament Given Lubinda has rubbished Post Newspaper report that President Michael Sata ordered him (Lubinda) and Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to stop talking about Mr Kabimba.
Mr Lubinda has challenged the Post Newspaper to invite him to its office to listen to a recording where President Sata was heard stopping him (Lubinda) and Kasama Central MP Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to hold their own rallies.
He explained that PF secretary general, Edgar Lungu, on advice from President Sata advised the duo (Mr Lubinda and Mr Mwamba) to keep their speeches at the Solwezi rally brief for the sake of time.
And party officials have also confirmed that President Sata was happy that Mr Lubinda and Mr Mwamba were part of his campaign trail in Solwezi.
“It was not President Sata that said those things. Gabriel Namulambe is the one that spoke to President Sata and the media was not close to hear what Namulambe was whispering to the President. He (Namulambe) then went to speak to Mr Lungu. It is Lungu that announced that he was guided by the Head of state that the two could find their own time to talk about such issues as the time was not enough.
I do not know how other people reported the other way round,” the official said.
The official said the President had no issues with the two parliamentarians and that he was happy that they were able to participate in party activities fully.
Mr Lubinda said the PF was almost destroyed by the cartel that attempted to hijack the leadership of the country before President Sata could complete his first term of office.He said the sacking of Mr Kabimba as Justice Minister and secretary general of the ruling party had brought relief, unity, harmony and peace not only in the party but also to the nation as a whole.
Mr Lubinda said Mr Kabimba and his clique were synonymous with hatred, disunity and that President Sata’s decision had made the party stronger and united.
The Kabwata lawmaker said it had become apparent that the Post Newspaper had embarked on a crusade to rebrand and repackage Mr Kabimba in an attempt to resurrect their ambitions to take over the leadership of the country.
He said assertions that President Sata had stopped Mr Mwamba and himself from talking about Mr Kabimba were nothing but a figment of imagination by the Post Newspaper that had been mourning and weeping the sacking of the former Justice Minister.
Mr Lubinda told the Daily Nation that at no time did President Sata ask him (Lubinda) and Mr Mwamba to hold their own rallies adding that the Post Newspaper had the propensity of twisting stories to suit their ambitions.
He said Mr Kabimba was at the centre of the confusion and acrimony in the PF and that his fall from hero to zero had brought a lot of happiness in the ruling party which was deeply divided when the former Justice Minister was at the helm of the ruling party.
“It is not true that the Head of State asked me and my colleague GBM (Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba) to stop talking about Mr Kabimba. In fact I did not even mention that name and I have no time.
Mr Kabimba has fallen from hero to zero and we heaved a sigh of relief in the party. The frustrations of Post Newspaper can be seen in their attempt to resurrect Mr Kabimba but Zambians must ignore them,” Mr Lubinda said.
He said it was clear that Mr Kabimba was the messiah of the clique that had continued attacking President Sata and his government after sacking the former secretary general of the ruling party.
Mr Lubinda said the Post Newspaper that was calling the PF government corrupt and tribal should be careful with their ambitions because they had stepped on the toes of many Zambians both in the ruling party and outside.
“In fact, it was me who told our secretary general Edgar Lungu that we should embark on countrywide campaigns to mend what Mr Kabimba and his clique had destroyed. When I was leaving the podium, the President waved at me happily,” Mr Lubinda said.
He said he had no problems with the Post Newspaper to propagate their agenda but vowed that he was not going to sit back and see the media house build the image of an individual where there was nothing.