GBM expelled

GEOFFREY Bwalya Mwamba has been expelled from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

And Mr Mwamba confirmed his expulsion from the ruling party and said the PF leadership had achieved its objective of hounding him out of the party he had helped form Government.

Mr Mwamba said he was going back to his Kasama Central constituency to consult the electorate on his next political trajectory and that he would soon be making a statement over the matter.

President Edgar Lungu has with immediate effect expelled Mr Mwamba, popularly known as GBM, for gross misconduct and indiscipline following his decision to campaign for United Party for National Development (UPND) president in the last presidential election.

In a letter dated 5 March, 2015, President Lungu said following the letter to Mr Mwamba to exculpate himself over allegations of gross misconduct and indiscipline for campaigning Mr Hichilema in the January presidential election, and his refusal to exculpate himself, the PF has had no option but expel the Kasama MP from the party.

The Head of State said although the PF decided to extend the time within which Mr Mwamba could have exculpated himself, his lawyers Mushipe and Associates informed the party that Mr Mwamba was not going to appear before the disciplinary committee and therefore a decision had to be made to expel him from the party.

The President has since informed the Speaker of the National Assembly about the expulsion of Mr Mwamba.

On Monday, President Lungu expelled former Chongwe member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo for similar reasons and Mr Mwamba becomes the second PF MP to be expelled from the ruling party for rebellious conduct.

But earlier in the Day, Mr Mwamba said: “I am ready for any an action, including getting expelled from the Patriotic Front (PF) because I joined politics to serve and not to benefit anything from it”.

Mr Mwamba said he could not appear before the PF disciplinary committee yesterday because he had not been notified officially by the party secretariat and that he only heard about the meeting through some of his supporters.

Mr Mwamba said should the ruling party decide to expel him, the decision would not take away anything from his business and political career because he had been what he has always been long before he joined politics.

He however said the PF would be calling for unnecessary by-election in his constituency considering that the country would be going for the general elections next year.

Mr Mwamba said he was going to wait for the outcome of the disciplinary committee before announcing his next political direction but stated that his expulsion from the ruling party could mark another journey in his political career.

“I am ready for any outcome of the PF disciplinary committee including expulsion. Let them go ahead and expel me but this action is not going to take anything away from me. I was GBM before PF, I am GBM now and I will remain GBM after the PF.

The only achievement for the PF after expelling me is that they will deprive my people of representation. It is a pity that they preach reconciliation on one hand and they are victimizing members on the other hand.

For now, I will wait for the outcome before announcing my next political trajectory,” Mr Mwamba said.

Meanwhile, the PF youth leadership in Lusaka yesterday demanded that the ruling party’s disciplinary committee should recommend the expulsion of Mr Mwamba because he, ms Masebo ceased to be PF members when they elected to support and campaign for Mr Hichilema in the January presidential election.

Kamba said Mr Mwamba and Ms Masebo were no longer members of the ruling party because their allegiance and loyalty had been sold to the opposition UPND.

Mr Kamba appealed to the PF disciplinary committee chairman Tutwa Ngulube to recommend the immediate expulsion of Mr Mwamba whom he alleged had betrayed the ruling party, its founder president Michael Sata and his successor President Lungu.

He said there was no need for the ruling party to keep Mr Mwamba and other rebellious members because their stay in the PF would continue being a source of confusion in the party.

Mr Kamba said PF rebel leaders were frustrating President Lungu and his administration so that Zambians could rise against the Head of State.

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