IT IS criminal for anybody to call for an illegal revolution as a way of protesting the outcome of the general elections, United Party for National Development (UPND) vice president for politics Canisius Banda has charged.
And Dr Banda has differed with the UPND vice president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) on whether the party should go for a convention or not following its loss in the just ended August general elections.
On Monday during a press conference held at Chainama Hotel, Mr Mwamba said there would be no need for a convention because Mr Hakainde Hichilema was still in charge of the UPND as president and Mr Mwamba also called for a revolution to protest the outcome of the general elections.
But in an exclusive interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Dr Banda said GBM had no authority to issue such a statement.
He also said that it was criminal for anybody to call for an illegal revolution as a way of protesting the outcome of the general elections, adding that a legal revolution should be done through the ballot as it happened in 1991 when Zambians revolted against the United National Independence Party (UNIP) governance.
“So you might have heard the other day we had a press conference, then Geoffrey Mwamba said there will no convention and things like that.
“That is ultra-vires, vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has no authority to issue such a statement,” Dr Banda said.
Dr Banda said such a statement could only come out of the meeting of the National Executive Committee or National Management Committee and not an individual.
Dr Banda said to make such a statement was ‘‘grossly premature’’, especially now when the UPND was still battling with keeping its members consoled.
He also said Mr Mwamba’s statement on the convention was highly ‘‘suspicious’’.
He said UPND members were currently hurt, disturbed and seeking direction.
Dr Banda said utterances made by Mr Mwamba would not help the UPND in anyway, adding that it was important that he (GBM) was careful when making statements.
Dr Banda said the party was owned by the citizens and that it had its organs which would hold its meetings.
He said it was at such meetings when the party should decide on what it does next.
Dr Banda said the meeting must be held to decide the way forward of the UPND and that only the secretary general had the powers to call for such meetings.
He however said there would be National Executive Committee and National Management Committee meetings to discuss what the UPND should do next following the election loss last month.
Dr Banda said it was only after holding such meetings that a decision on whether the party should go for a convention or not would be decided, and not Mr Mwamba.
He said the people must be consulted because they were the ones who put Mr Hichilema as a leader and he (HH) derived his powers from the general membership, hence the need to consult them on the way forward for the party.