GEOFFREY Bwalya Mwamba has declared that he is a member of the United Party for National Development (UPND) and has no intention of rejoining the Patriotic Front (PF) as a prodigal son because the ruling party would be exiting power this year.
Mr Mwamba, who is UPND vice-president for administration, said he could not betray Zambians and his party to return to the PF which he accused of having caused more economic and
political misery to the majority of Zambians.
Reacting to rumours that he had differed with UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and had resigned from the opposition political party, Mr Mwamba said there was no iota of truth in it and that he had no desire to return to the PF because, according to him, the ruling party was subjecting Zambians to more poverty and suffering than any other political party that had governed the country.
Mr Mwamba, who has gone to court to challenge the decision of the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini to declare his Kasama Central PF seat vacant, boasted that the UPND was a progressive political party in whom Zambians had hope and confidence to change for the better.
Mr Mwamba, popularly known as GBM, explained that he was not in the habit of responding to rumours because he avoided giving them credence but was forced to refute his resignation assertions because it was being perpetrated by the ruling party with the aim of causing anxieties in the UPND.
“In the past few days, the rumour mill has generated a story that I have or will resign from the UPND as I have intentions of going back to the PF. I would not normally respond to rumours but I am forced to depart from this norm because remaining silent may be construed as consent.
‘‘Let me categorically state that no iota of me desires to return to the PF, a party that has in a short lifespan sent Zambians into abject poverty. As a sane person, how would I leave a progressive party such as the UPND that has the programmes and strategies that would emancipate Zambians from miseries they have been subjected to,” Mr Mwamba said.
Mr Mwamba described as a fallacy for his political opponents to imagine that they would be able to cause confusion in the UPND by manufacturing stories that he was contemplating returning to the PF after he had made his position clear by accepting a position of vice-president administration