THE people of Northern Province will vote for men and women of integrity who have demonstrated good leadership and not those who insult or abuse them and break the law at will, says Patriotic Front (PF) deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya.
Mr Bwalya said that the statement by wife to UPND vice president for administration Geoffrey Mwamba, Chama that the people of Northern Province would not vote for the PF because her husband was arrested was tantamount to insulting the intelligence of the people who were predominantly Bemba-speaking, adding that they would vote for leaders of integrity unlike those who poured scorn on them.
He said that Mrs Mwamba needed to understand that her husband, popularly known as GBM, was arrested for allegedly assaulting marketeers and the law had taken its course because Zambia was a country of laws; stating that he was still presumed innocent until proved otherwise by the courts of law.
“The wife of GBM should stop insulting the intelligence of people of Northern Province; she has been quoted as saying that the people of Northern Province are not going to vote for PF because of the arrest of her husband, Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba. This statement is tantamount to insulting the intelligence of the people of Northern Province who are predominately Bemba-speaking.
‘‘The people of Northern Province are going to vote for people who have demonstrated to be good leaders, people of Northern Province will vote for men and women of integrity, not people who insult, abuse them and break the law at will
‘‘What GBM’s wife, Chama, needs to understand is that GBM was arrested because of what he allegedly did by beating up a meketeer in Kitwe.
“I don’t think Tonga’s will refuse to vote for the PF just because someone who hails from Southern or Eastern province has been arrested by the police. The people of Eastern and Southern or indeed people of any province around the country will have to look at the merits of case.
‘‘GBM’s arrest was not a matter of political persecution or trying to hamper the campaign of the UPND; but there is something that he knows that he did that is why he was running away from the police even when the police tried to serve him with a call-out he avoided them,” he said.