GBM is lying, says Lungu

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu described as total falsehood claims by Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) that he was pivotal in the formation and founding of the Patriotic Front (PF) led by late President Michael Sata.

According to a statement issued to Daily Nation by Patriotic Front information committee member Sunday Chanda, President Lungu cautioned the people of Northern Province not to fall for Mr Mwamba’s claim that he was popular and could deliver development in Northern Province.

“Uyu ale mi bepa ati ewa chitile fund party,” President Lungu said, “ale mibepa. The people that were at the formation of the party are people like Mr Samuel Mukupa, Mr Chishimba Kambwili not uyu…he is a liar and carries no clout.”

“Do not be cheated by Mwamba and his self-perceived importance and claims that he helped fund PF…he is nothing but a liar who was not even there at the formation of the party.”

President Lungu said in 2001 Mr Mwamba was still “stewing” in hate for having been convincingly whacked by Agriculture minister Given Lubinda when he first contested the Kabwata parliamentary seat, despite having heavily funded the lost campaign.

He said the PF later on, through President Sata, took pity on Mr Mwamba and campaigned for him to run in Kasama where he, for the first time, became a Member of Parliament due to the popularity of  President Sata.

President Lungu, who in the past has questioned UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s judgment to appoint  Mr Mwamba as a running due to his documented history of violence against his wife Chama, sister-in-law and workers also took time to root for his running mate Ms Inonge Wina.

“I am confident that if anything happened to me, Ms Wina would be a great President because she is not very different from me,” President Lungu said, “batila ichikwanka bachimwena kuma mpalanya (meaning you can tell a person by the company he or she keeps.”

And Kasama Central aspiring candidate Kelvin Sampa said women voters must think twice before voting for Mwamba because “a vote for Mr Mwamba is effectively endorsing violence.

Mr Mwamba’s history of violence, beating up his wife including his wife’s sister is a well-documented fact. It is something I would not endorse if I were a Zambian woman.”

President Lungu wound up his Mungwi rally by promising more development for the area in return for the Northern Province continued unwavering support.

“It is an undeniable fact that your support ought to be rewarded,” he said.

President Lungu later held another rally at Kasama’s Gold Club that got filled to capacity after scares that the Independence Square would not hold the heavy crowd without possible casualties.

First Lady Esther Lungu, who accompanied the President, told the ecstatic crowd that her husband would appoint skilled people with disabilities to his Government once re-elected.