GBM READY FOR JAIL
I AM ready to go jail for the sake of Zambians and no amount of scare-tactics and intimidation are going to stop me from ensuring that the Patriotic Front (PF) is voted out of power in the August general elections, UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has charged.
Mr Mwamba said the youths who were rounded up at his Luanshya property on Saturday were not being trained as militias but were victims of what he termed a failed Government that had resorted to intimidation and harassment.
Yesterday, police summoned Mr Mwamba to help with investigations over the discovery of dangerous weapons that included machetes at his offices where 21 UPND cadres were apprehended for what the police termed illegal drilling.
Mr Mwamba who was initially supposed to appear before police at Central police today will now appear before Woodlands police station tomorrow.
Mr Mwamba said he was not worried about being summoned by the police, stating that removing a sitting Government required sacrifice and that it was not unusual for some people in liberation struggle to go to jail.
Mr Mwamba said his summoning by the police was an act of victimisation but that Zambians would soon realise that he meant well in his quest to ensure there was change of Government after the August general elections.
“I am not worried at all by being summoned by the police. To get a sitting Government out of power calls for sacrifice and some of us are going to go to jail. I am ready to go to Chimbokaila but what they should understand is that we are all potential clients of Chimbokaila,”Mr Mwamba said.
He claimed that the political victimisation he was allegedly going through was making the Patriotic Front (PF) unpopular because some of his relatives who were sympathetic with the ruling party would certainly vote against the PF. Mr Mwamba said the youths who were arrested and in police custody were former PF members and that the only crime they had committed was to defect to the UPND.
Mr Mwamba said the PF in 2011 formed government from his building along Luanshya Road and declared that the UPND was going to form Government even if the PF did not like it.
Yesterday, both Lusaka Province police commissioner Nelson Phiri and police spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda confirmed the summoning of Mr. Mwamba.
Mr. Phiri disclosed that Mr. Mwamba was expected to be at Lusaka Central Police at 09:00hrs today for questioning in connection with the weapons suspected to be used to train the UPND militia which were confiscated.
“I can confirm that we have invited Mr. Mwamba tomorrow in connection with the weapons that were confiscated from his premises. He is expected to be here at 09:00hrs,” he said.
On Saturday, police apprehended 21 UPND cadres for unlawful drilling and being found in possession of offensive weapons at Mr. Mwamba’s premises located on Luanshya Road near Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) after they received some intelligence information that there were people suspected to have been carrying out trainings with a view of causing violence ahead of the August general elections.
And police have stopped the PF youths planned solidarity march to the Chinese Embassy and has advised that the youths could deliver their solidarity message without marching