GBM ‘joins’ UPND but ‘remains’ PF MP

Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM)was yesterday unveiled as opposition United Party for National Development’s vice president despite maintaining that he will hold on to his Kasama Central parliamentary seat under the Patriotic Front (PF).

UPND resident Hakainde Hichilema said at a press briefing held at Golf view Hotel that Mr Mwamba had not resigned from the PF although he had been appointed as vice president of the opposition UPND.

He said the PF had been appointed UPND MPs and other opposition members to serve in its government adding that there was nothing strange in appointing Mr Mwamba.

“We are giving PF a taste of their medicine. They have been appointing our members in their government and we are have been watching and advising them but they don’t listen. Now we are playing their kind of game,” Mr Hichilema said.

Mr Mwamba takes over as vice president for administration, a position left vacant by Mr Richard Kapita who defected to the PF in May.

Mr Mwamba said he could continue working with the PF because the current leadership has allegedly abandoned the vision under which the PF was formed.

He explained that he joined President Michael Sata in the PF because he believed in his (Sata’s) vision of serving the poor.

Mr Mwamba said President Edgar Lungu had embraced all the people that President Sata never wanted to work with because they were corrupt.

Mr Mwamba said he had decided to serve in the UPND because it was the only political party with a credible social and economic programme for Zambia.

He said he would use his political and financial muscle to help grow the UPND across Zambia.

The Kasama MP said the PF had no economic development agenda for Zambia going by the way the Kwacha had been performing.

Mr Mwamba said in 2011, the PF worked hard to wrestle power from the MMD but stated that the same MMD was back in power using the PF.

He said his appointment as UPND vice president was humbling and that he was confident that the party would form Government next year.

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