“SOME UPND members wanted to pay me to continue issue statements putting pressure on Vice President for Administration Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to produce his grade twelve school certificate,” Patriotic Front (PF) deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya has revealed.
Mr Bwalya narrated that sometime in January 2016 he got a call from a known UPND member who asked him to meet some members of the opposition political party that allegedly wanted to defect to PF.
He said when he met the contact person before meeting the people who wanted to defect he was upset to learn that the story was something else.
“When I met the UPND member who initially called me about the defectors in the company of other people I didn’t know I was upset to learn that they wanted to give me money as payment for me to continue issue statements putting pressure on GBM (Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba) to produce his grade twelve school certificate”, said Mr Bwalya.
Mr Bwalya said he got upset because offering him money to issue statements was tantamount to insulting his intelligence.
“I issue statements out of conviction and in performing my duty as a member of PF. Trying to use me to issue statements to help other people fight their battles is a serious insult to my intelligence. So I told them off and left”, said Mr Bwalya.
Meanwhile, Mr. Bwalya said Mr. Hichilema’s presence at this year’s mining expo in South Africa was of no value or benefit to Zambia but himself as he had gone there to consolidate his friendship with his paymasters and to renew his commitment to bring back the company which ditched the country in 2001.
He said if Mr. Hichilema had a heart for Zambians as he claimed, he would have used his connections in such international events to woo investors into the country rather than blaming Government over alleged policy inconsistencies in the mining sector, thereby scaring potential investors.
He challenged the UPND leader to outline what he meant by inconsistent policies on the mining sector and list the companies which pulled out as a result of his claims if he was sincere with his allegations against Government.
He said it was unfortunate that an individual who wanted to lead the country had taken an antagonistic approach to the government of the day without realizing that whatever he said had a huge impact on the people he aspired to lead.
He said it was illogical for anyone to think that Anglo-American could solve the problems that Zambians were going through when it was the same company that left hundreds of Zambians jobless when it pulled out of the country due to its political preference soon after UPND lost the 2001 polls.