Kasama Central PF Member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba has been unveiled as opposition UPND’s Vice President.
Mr Mwamba has however not defected from the PF to join the UPND and will continue serving as PF MP for Kasama Central. UPND President Hakainde Hichilema clarified that Mr Mwamba has not resigned from the PF but has only joined the UPND.
He said the PF has been appointing UPND MPs and other opposition members to serve in its government adding that there is nothing strange with Mr Mwamba’s move.
“We are giving PF a taste of their medicine. They have been appointing our members in their government and we are have been watching and advising them but they don’t listen. Now we are playing their kind of game,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema also refuted reports that some members of the National Management Committee had opposed Mr Mwamba’s appointment as Vice President.
“This appointment was overwhelmingly supported by all our NMC members. This is what a united Zambia looks like,” he said.
This is what a united Zambia looks like
He takes over from Mr Richard Kapita who defected to the PF in May as Vice President for Administration.
Addressing a huge crowd that attended his news conference at Lusaka’s Cresta Golf View Hotel, Mr Mwamba said he cannot continue working with the PF because the current PF leadership has allegedly abandoned the vision under which the PF was created.
Mr Mwamba told the cheering crowd that he joined late President Michael Sata in the PF because he believed in Mr Sata’s vision of serving the poor.
He said President Edgar Lungu has embraced all the people that President Sata never wanted to work with because they are corrupt.
“Today, they are working with Dora Siliya, this is the same Siliya who came to Kasama and insulted Mr Sata. She is still court for corruption. They adopted Mr Simbao who was taken to court by Mr Sata for electoral corruption, ninshi umuntu alikwana (Is this person normal)?”
Mr Mwamba said he has decided to serve in the UPND because it is the only political party with a crebile social and economic programme for Zambia.
He said he will use his political and financial muscle to help grow the UPND across Zambia.
The Kasama MP said the PF has no economic development agenda for Zambia going by the way the Kwacha has been performing.
“I have never seen the Kwacha misbehave like this ever in my entire life, Kwacha naipena (Kwacha has gone mad).”
Mr Mwamba said in 2011, the PF worked hard to wrestle power from the MMD but stated that the same MMD is back in power using the PF.
He said his appointment as UPND Vice President is humbling saying the he is confident that the party will form government next year.
Meanwhile, UPND Vice President for Politics Canisius Banda said Mr Mwamba’s appointment will help unify the party.
“The President is from Monze, I am from Eastern Province and GBM is a Bemba, mu Bemba inkonko (he is a true Bemba,” Mr Banda said.
At the same function, UPND MP Stephen Katuka was unveiled as the new party Secretary General replacing ailing Winstone Chibwe.